Summer is here: Is the Power department ready to supply non-stop power to Jammu
The arrival of summer season brings in its train several problems including extreme temperature, humidity, loo, and it also marks the onset of seasonal diseases like dengue, malaria and other such ailments. However, more than all these issues the people of Jammu are more concerned about the power crises which happens every year in this region and puts people to immense discomfort as the city witnesses major power cuts. There is shortage of water as well during this season as pumps and motors of the PHE become dysfunctional.
The PDD which should have by now made arrangements for additional power purchase and repair of transformers is plagued with heavy pilferage and loss of power which now doubt is facilitated by its own staff. The state government recently was piqued by the revenue shortfall of almost 7000 crore which in increasing every day. The rate of interest incurred on this liability is as high as 18 per cent and this shortfall is unlikely to be covered by normal means as PDD remains a revenue losing department.
Although the state government has decided to issue bonds worth 7000 crores to overcome this shortfall but critics argue that unless the PDD ensured reduction in transmission losses, prevents theft of power, ensures hundred per cent metering and ensures that customers pay for what they use. Unless this happens the people in the state will continue to feel the power crunch and the suffering during the summer will never end.
Many residents of Jammu say that they have been paying regular bills to the department and most of the city has been metered 100 per cent but despite that PDD is punishing them for the fault of others. They allege that a large majority of rural areas in both Kashmir and Jammu are not metered properly and this is the reason for revenue loss. Also there are major industrial and other players who have tied up with line staff to ensure that they don’t have to pay for use of power, they allege.